Does every single story have to have a Christ figure?
Well, no, but it sure makes the story a whole lot more interesting.
What is a Christ figure, you ask? A Christ figure is a commonly-used literary technique so the authors can allude to Jesus Christ or a spiritual figure in their writing. It’s mostly used for a main character (like Neo in the Matrix movies), but it can also be used for a minor character (like Simon in Lord of the Flies).
The character corresponds in at least two ways. There are a few ways to do this, such as writing a scene/mentioning an instance in which the character:
- Performs a miracle.
- Heals others.
- Fights for justice.
- Displays forgiveness or great compassion.
- Is guided by or by the spirit of their father.
Of course, Christ figures are often martyrs. In many cases, they die for a huge cause.
If you want to practice writing a Christ figure character . . . Please never make their initials J.C. because the writers of the 1960’s and 1970’s did that so many times, it became laughable.
A few more Christ figures in media:
- Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities.
- Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
- Aslan, The Chronicles of Narnia
- Frodo Baggins, Lord of the Rings
- Mufasa, The Lion King
Have a great Thursday.
–The Jesus Freak Girl